A Lino kitchen floor seems like the perfect surface for practicing yoga – it’s a clear space with a soft-ish floor covering and usually there isn’t much stuff on the floor to trip over or fall on to.
Wild thing (Camatkarasana) is currently my favourite asana. I love the feeling of rolling from Vasisthasana (side-arm balance) and gently stepping my top leg back. I love the grace and flow that it brings – the lift through the chest and the extension through the top arm.
Last night, after a lovely class at Ainslie, I dropped in to visit a friend. Soon, I found myself demonstrating Wild Thing (camatkarasana) in the middle of her kitchen. Just as I was arching back and extending my arm, her jack russell (clearly impressed by my wild thing!) ran under me and proceeded to give me a kiss. Ewww!
What did I do when I was upside down balancing on one arm and being kissed and jumped on by an excited jack russell? I tried to get out of the pose as quickly as possible – spinning myself back over and pulling one of the muscles between my shoulder blades in the process. Ouch!
I was reminded of the need to practice my yoga with mindfulness, focused on the moment, on my body and my breath. And to choose a place to practice that allows for that level of focus!